Here is a link to the International Ceramics Directory. This is fun to navigate and explore new forms. You may even plan a study trip.
One Italian artist is Pietro Maddalena. He is the owner and founder of La Meridiana in Certaldo, Italy. (www.pietro.net ) I studied there in 2012. The atmosphere, knowledge, field trips, and friendly people will remain in my memories forever. ( Did I mention the Italian food????)